How Old Is Barbie Supposed to Be?

How Old Is Barbie Supposed to Be?

How Old Is Barbie Supposed to Be?

Barbie does not have an exact age, but she is known as the "Teen-Age Fashion Model," according to Mattel. As of 2014, Barbie is officially 55 years old; she has been on the market since 1959.

Barbie entered the toy world on March 9 at the 1959 New York Toy Fair. She was created by Ruth and Elliot Handler after they saw their daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls. Ruth wanted to create a doll that would assist children in their adult or teenage make-believe fantasies. She credits herself as being Barbie's mother. Barbie has the same birth year as many celebrities, including Emma Thompson, Marie Osmond and Sarah Ferguson.